Somerville, MA., 12/27/17, Louise Reilly Sacco, left, Permanent Acting Interim Executive Director of the Museum of Bad Art in Somerville, located in the basement of the Somerville Theatre. On right is Michael Frank, Curator-in-Chief. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Louise Reilly Sacco, permanent acting interim executive director of the Museum of Bad Art in Somerville, with Michael Frank, curator-in-chief.

There’s something strange going on here

Celebrating art that scrambles our concept of what belongs in a museum.By James Sullivan

THE ARGUMENT

Should the state Legislature adopt the Safe Communities Act?

Read two views, then vote in our informal online poll.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Settle in for a medley at the New Moon Coffeehouse

Lorraine and Bennett Hammond, inspired by the three Bs, “Bach, the Blues, and Buddy Holly,” perform Jan. 20 in Haverhill.

Latest Globe North headlines

REGION

US grant seeks to protect 5,000 acres of Merrimack Valley farmland

According to statistics from Land for Good, 90 percent of retiring farmers in Massachusetts don’t have a young farmer ready to take over upon their retirement.

REGION

Fire helmet signed by Bush will be raffled off

The signed Phenix TC-1 helmet, along with with a unique hand painted Presidential helmet front, will be raffled off for $25 per tickets.

HAVERHILL

Haverhill tech school students making new baseball dugouts

After surveying the site two months ago, students then poured concrete foundations, mixed mortar, and set about building the block walls for the 10-foot by 30-foot area.

CHELSEA

US calls 3 nursing facilities in Chelsea and Peabody top-notch

Facilities that earn a Five-Star rating are considered to have much above-average care.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester firefighters will climb 41 flights for a good cause

Wearing full gear, each firefighter climbs the 789 steps inside the 601-foot-tall One Boston Place.

MEDFORD

Director appointed for new Medford recreation agency

A focus group appointed by the mayor spearheaded planning for the new department, guided by a community survey.

WEST NEWBURY

First West Newbury town manager chosen

Voters had approved the move to a town manager form government last April.

SALEM

New LED lights in Salem schools will save money

Salem is carrying out energy savings upgrades at five of its public schools this month through funding from the state and private utilities.

SOMERVILLE

New Somerville retail store holding jobs fair

The fair for the new Burlington Stores outlet will be held Tuesday, Jan. 23 and Wednesday, Jan. 24.

EVERETT

Everett welcoming input about revitalization plan

The city is holding an initial forum on the Everett Square Revitalization Plan Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Connolly Center.

MIDDLETON

Historic time for Middleton to look to the future

As part of the Middleton Master Plan 300 development process, there will be an open house forum and planning session on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester MLK program to feature historians

Presenters will discuss the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as Cape Ann’s involvement with the slave trade and modern oppression.

Blotter tales

BLOTTER TALES

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A goose is rescued from a river, a fight breaks out over a puzzle, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Cartoon Caption Contest

CARTOON CAPTION

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Submit your own caption, along with your name, hometown, and phone number, by e-mailing cartooncaption@globe.com.

On The Move

ON THE MOVE/BRION O’CONNOR

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/08/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/Handout_14zorec03_zo.jpg Take your sledding to the next level

Three Boston-area ski areas offer snow tubing to kids of any age, from 6 to 76.

Globe North Community News

CHELSEA

US calls 3 nursing facilities in Chelsea and Peabody top-notch

Facilities that earn a Five-Star rating are considered to have much above-average care.

REGION

US grant seeks to protect 5,000 acres of Merrimack Valley farmland

According to statistics from Land for Good, 90 percent of retiring farmers in Massachusetts don’t have a young farmer ready to take over upon their retirement.

REGION

Fire helmet signed by Bush will be raffled off

The signed Phenix TC-1 helmet, along with with a unique hand painted Presidential helmet front, will be raffled off for $25 per tickets.

Globe North Sports

Interactive Graphic

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See the number of concussions reported by area high schools with a sortable table.